01-Oct-2017 (Sun) to 15-Oct-2017 (Sun) (Simpson Desert (North -> South Crossing), SA) Medium

Andre Organiser: Andre (andre) Trip Leader - Level 1

  • Meetup Time: 8:30 AM (Sun, 01-Oct-2017)
  • Meeting Point: Coober Pedy or other
  • Location / Area: W Simpson Desert (North -> South Crossing) in SA
Going2 GOING, 3 Interested
2 adults

Trip Summary

Medium - For experienced drivers. You may tackle some tracks with moderate steep and/or rocky/slippery/sandy track sections.


I am heading out the Simpson again this year, this time doing a North/South Crossing along the Hay River.

Haven't made any detailed plans yet, other than leaving Melbourne on the 29th of September an allow up to 4 weeks to get back to Melbourne.

There are permits involved (Hay River permit, SA desert parks pass, camping permits and fees).

That's my 4th Simpson crossing (all done solo before), happy to include surroundings if there is any interest.

You need a good working truck, with enough storage for fuel, water, beer - it's pretty remote.


you need fuel for about 1000km slow going sand driving.


Rough trip plan:

Gemtree (Last Fuel stop) to Batton hill to Poeppel Corner

From Poeppel corner depending on weather and track conditions I'd like to do a bit of a dog leg west/south to keep going via Rig Road and head out via Warbuton Crossing. If the tracks are open and there is enough fuel left I might go via Inside Track to Birdsville.




Hay River transit permit - $200 per vehicle

Batton Hill Camping - $20 per person

SA Desert Parks Pass - $160 per vehicle http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/entry-fees/parks-passes/desert-parks-pass

Optional there are guided tours available at Batton Hill too.


I will organise the Hay River permit as a group permit (dead line 01/09/2017). Camping fees are payable in cash at camp.



Date Description From To Driving km Driving hrs
Sunday, 1 October 2017 Meet & Greet Coober Pedy Coober Pedy 0 0
Monday, 2 October 2017 Long Driving Day (HWY) Coober Pedy Henbury Craters 600 7
Tuesday, 3 October 2017 Craters/Shop in Alice Henbury Craters Zircon 300 4
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 Plenty HWY Zircon Batton Hill 400 6
Thursday, 5 October 2017 Hay River tk Batton Hill Hay River tk 80 4
Friday, 6 October 2017 Lake Caroline Hay River tk Hay River tk 100 4
Saturday, 7 October 2017 Hay River tk Hay River tk Hay River tk 60 4
Sunday, 8 October 2017 Hay River tk Hay River tk Hay River tk 60 4
Monday, 9 October 2017 Hay River tk Hay River tk Hay River tk 50 4
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 Poeppel Corner Hay River tk Poeppel Corner 50 4
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 K1 / Warburton Poeppel Corner K1 90 4
Thursday, 12 October 2017 K1 / Warburton K1 Warburton 90 4
Friday, 13 October 2017 Warburton Warburton Crossing Inside track 90 4
Saturday, 14 October 2017 Inside track Inside track Birdsville 90 4





  • CB Radio UHF Channel: 10
  • Number of Vehicles: Maximum 2
  • Electric Winch: Not required
  • Recovery Gear: REQUIRED
  • Additional Note: no trailers please